BUK Competitively Chosen for Validation of PASET’s PhD Programmes

Bayero University, Kano was competitively chosen for validation of the Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET’s) Pan African Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) PhD programmes, said a validation team leader, Dr Moses Osiru, while briefing the Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Yahuza Bello of the team’s mission in BUK on 18th April, 2019.

Dr. Osiru, who is the Manager, RSIF Regional Coordination Unit, told the Vice Chancellor that Centre for Dryland Agriculture’s supported PhD programmes in Natural Resource Management and Climate Change had passed through rigorous technical evaluation process involving review by three independent technical reviewers. He said their visit was to make an onsite validation. “If Bayero University scales through this validation, it will be selected as one of the universities to host PASET PhD programmes,” he added.

Dr Osiru added that Bayero University’s application was among the 88 considered by PASET out of the 144 that applied through a competitive process.

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Yahuza Bello, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Professor Haruna Wakili, welcomed the PASET Team to Bayero University and said the University was indeed happy to be visited for validation. He said the University has always pursued for excellence that’s why it was lucky to have two academic centres of excellence, CDA and ACEPHAP.

.The Team had asked several questions about the University’s mission, vision and strategic plan. The Vice Chancellor along with the Director Academic Planning, Professor Bala Sidi Aliyu and Director, CDA, Professor Jibrin M. Jibrin responded to all the questions.

While at the Centre for Dryland Agriculture (CDA), the Director, Professor Jibrin M. Jibrin briefed the team about the historical background of Bayero University and the evolution of the Centre, which he said started from the humble beginnings and metamorphosed to become one of the strategic academic centres of excellence in Africa with students from across West African countries.

The Team, however, interacted with staff and students of CDA, staff of Geography Department and the partners of CDA. The Team also visited GIS Laboratory, Molecular Laboratory, CDA Farm, Tissue Culture Laboratory among other facilities.

The Team was highly impressed with the state-of-the-art facilities and the huge investment made in the Centre, as well as the commitment, resilience and the zeal to partner with PASET.

The two independent evaluators accompanied by Dr. Moses Osiru were Tesfa Tegegne of Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia and Professor Kandionra NOBA from University Chakh Anta Diop de Dakar Senegal.